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Market Developments

Appointments: The Edge Retail Academy, IDI, more

June 10, 2014

New York--New finance directors, managing directors and learning officers at jewelry companies around the world are among the most recent career moves in the industry.

Lindsay Steill is joining the mentoring team at The Edge Retail Academy, a company that offers industry-specific seminars and mentoring services to improve profitability for jewelers.

Steill will bring financial experience to her role, including helping clients to improve cash flow, increase net profit, prepare a budget, analyze profit and loss, benchmark financial ratios with industry standards and reduce debut.

She has years of experience in the jewelry industry, as a former sales associate and chief financial officer with Moyer Fine Jewelers. Steill also was a financial auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Maine and New Hampshire retailer Day’s Jewelers has announced Dorcas Riley as its vice president of finance. She will oversee finance, information technology and in-house credit departments for the six-store retail chain, including its e-commerce division.

Riley began her career at accounting firm Ernst & Young, later serving as chief financial officer for Maine-based companies including PFG NorthCenter Foodservice and Kennebec Savings Bank.

David Peters has been appointed to chief learning officer at The Jewelry Coach, an online selling-skills, sales coaching, management and product knowledge training portal for the luxury and jewelry retail industry.

Peters will manage all content development and delivery efforts as well as work directly with jewelry retailers to develop customized business improvement and performance maAppointments: The Edge Retail Academy, IDI, morenagement programs.

Most recently, Peters served as director of education and industry relations at Jewelers of America, where he was responsible for education development and delivery, member benefit development and jewelry trade relations. He also was an instructor at the Gemological Institute of America.

Philip Mitchell is now the group director of human relations and corporate affairs at De Beers parent company Anglo American, following Mervyn Walker’s retirement.

His appointment is effective Aug. 1

Mitchell comes to Anglo American from Rio Tinto, where he held numerous senior leadership positions, most recently as head of business development. His roles have spanned finance and strategic business change, as well as working closely with business partners and host governments in Australia, China, Asia, South America, Indonesia and Africa.

The Hong Kong division of the Israeli Diamond Institute Group of Companies has named Noa Pardo as its managing director, replacing Gilat Elizov Gefen.

The IDI Hong Kong office is responsible for promoting trade with Asian markets, especially Hong Kong and China. The office serves as a hub for Israeli diamond companies doing business in the region, providing office services as well as marketing and business information. It also facilitates business contacts between Asian and Israeli companies.

Chaim Even-Zohar has been recognized with an honorary lifetime membership to the Diamond Dealers Club of South Africa for his dedication and contribution to the diamond industry.

Even-Zohar lives in Israel and is the managing director of Tacy Ltd., a consulting company to the diamond industry that also regularly publishes and globally distributes a newsletter.

The International Gemological Institute is now a premier affiliate member of the Natural Color Diamond Association, or NCDIA, a nonprofit membership-based organization that works to educate consumers and increase global demand and desire for natural color diamonds.